03 Dec - 
Tim Means on callout of 'trash' Diego Sanchez: 'I'm ready to put an exclamation point on his career'

When Tim Means showed at the UFC’s Performance Institute on the Monday before his TUF 28 Finale bout, he was barely able to turn his neck.

Whatever they did there seems to have worked, as Means (28-10-1 MMA, 10-7 UFC) would go to tear through Ricky Rainey (13-6 MMA, 0-2 UFC) in 78 seconds. But, between the neck, tooth pains and “all kinds of (expletive)” that he had going on, was there ever a point where he thought he might not make it up there at all?

“You know me better than that,” Means responded to MMAjunkie backstage at Pearl Theatre at The Palms in Las Vegas. “I’ve been through so much adversity. Man, I came here with a couple hundred bucks in my bank account. As I talked to coach, the only thing that’s scarier than death is being broke and not being able to feed your family or yourself. That’s terrifying. So I wanted to come here and leave it all on the mat.”

As for what got Means in such a tight spot financially?

“They tell me I was going to fight in July, so I went and paid off all my taxes, which is like 30 grand,” Means said. “So I took out all the money my damn savings account trying to be responsible. And that (expletive) kicked me in the balls. I’m still learning this thing about responsibility, sometimes it’s a stick in the neck.

“I’m proud of who I am and where I’ve been. If you scrape any of the surface of where I’m at in New Mexico. I was a (expletive) stick. People talk very badly of me because I put myself in those positions. But I went and rebuilt all my burned bridges. I stayed in the town where I was at, I didn’t run from anything.

“I went and approached the situations that I messed up with. And here we stand. Not everything is an easy deal, but I’m willing to take those hits on the head and keep moving forward.”

The win snapped a two-fight skid for Means, both stemming from split calls. We won’t go so far as to call the most recent decision “trash,” like Means did,  but it is true that the outcome of his UFC Fight Night 125 meeting with Sergio Moraes divided opinions. MMAjunkie, for one, scored it in Means’ favor, as well as 13 of of the 14 media outlets tracked by MMADecisions.com. 

Coming into Friday’s bout, Means was tired of the judges and losing calls, but he was also tired of not using his own skills to make things easier on himself. “I have good top game, I have good ground-and-pound,” Means said, after giving us a reminder of it in the cage.

Means had a bit of a bone to pick with the media, too, after hearing from friends and family that he’d been called passive. “If you look at my record, I’m far from passive,” Means said, before reminding those in the room that it’s hard to hit a home run all the time.

“That ‘passive’ thing, media people, you better be careful on that stuff – I might show up in your house,” Means joked.

Thankfully for us, Means clarified he was only kidding about that. He got a lot less playful, however, when talking about a different beef, with post-fight call-out target Diego Sanchez.

“Diego is trash,” Means said. “He’s been running his mouth for a long time, this has been a boiling point since back when I was 17. He thinks he’s better than us, he looks down at us, tells us what he does better. I’m ready to put an exclamation point on his career.

“I’m tired of him running his mouth, telling all his buddies that he’s going to teach me a lesson. That they got the better gym, better than us. Come prove it, little Diego. Prove it.”

To hear more from Means, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of TUF 28 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.